Art Update – Maine Lobster Festival Juried Art Show

Two of my paintings will be displayed at the Maine Lobster Fair Juried Art Show!

I am so happy to have begun my association with the Festival. It is next door in Rockland. Easy access for me and I get to meet more of my artist community members. All the artists I’ve met since moving to Owls Head have been so friendly and happy to share their knowledge and experiences.

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Sunset at Curtis Light, by: Jo M. Orise

Here are the two paintings that will be part of the show.

Be sure, if you go to the Lobster Festival, to stop in at the Camden National Bank, on the corner of Main Street and Route 1.





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Morning at the Docks, by: Jo M. Orise

The art will be on display starting Tuesday, July 29 – Saturday August 3.


NOTE: Photos look very brilliant. I am not a great photographer. But the original paintings look great. Come take a look see. Let me know what you think.

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Art Update – July 12 to August 10, 2019

Jo’s New Event

Art Show Opening

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This is a Group Art Opening.

WHEN: Friday, July 12, 2019

TIME: 5-7 p.m.

THEME: “Night and Day” – artist’s interpretation.

River Arts Gallery, Damariscotta, ME

WHERE: River Arts Gallery, Route 1, Damariscotta, ME. On the right going North on Route 1. Can’t miss it.

For more information, call the gallery 207-563-1507 or visit

Regular Gallery Hours:
Tuesdays – Saturdays 10-4 Sundays 11-3

Join us.

Have a glass of wine, a few goodies and let’s chat about art—everyone’s art. All participating artists usually attend the opening.

We artists will be happy to speak with anyone interested in art.

Why not?

We spend most of our time sequestered to a studio, staring at a blank piece of paper, canvas, block of malleable material, etc., entrancing music in the background.

Thoughts of food, lunch, dinner, breakfast slip by without a hitch until Hubby comes in. “Have you decided what we’ll have for

A. breakfast

B. lunch

C. dinner

D. other?

A daily multiple-choice for which I sometimes earn a gold star.

The work will be on display from July 12 to August 10, 2019

What will I show? I submitted three paintings to be juried. That is the stressful part. Will they be accepted? One? All three? Maybe — none?

Here are the pieces I submitted:

Morning Watch – oil on canvas – by: Jo M. Orise
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Eventide – oil on canvas – by: Jo M. Orise
Morning at the Docks at Port Clyde – acrylic on canvas – by Jo M. Orise

If you are interested in any of these pieces or would like to see other works from my studio, go to

To send a message:

Note: If you are interested in purchasing a work at the show, you can do so directly through River Arts Gallery.



“Smile in your mirror every day.” JM Orise

Drawing Classes. July 13 – October-26, 2019

Adult and Teen Drawing Class 

Beginner and Intermediate

with Jo M. Orise
professional artist and former art teacher.



Graphite pencil drawing
by: Jo M. Orise

Orise Studio Gallery, Owls Head. Limited space.

When: Consecutive Saturdays until October.
Choose your sequence of Saturdays.

No holiday weekends.

Time:  10-12p.m.

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Fee: $25 per session, paid in advance.
Cash preferred.
*Credit cards accepted with .01% processing
fee per charge. ($25+ .25=$25.25).
Discount available.


What to bring:

    1. One (1) 14×17″ or larger Newsprint Drawing Pad.
      One (1) sketch drawing board larger than your paper.
    • You can purchase one locally or online.
    • You can make your own with Masonite, with or without clips.
    • If you don’t find a board, or don’t want to purchase one, I will loan one for the session. Let me know ahead of time so I don’t run out.
    1. One (1) 8.5×11″ or 9×12″ spiral bound sketch book, either 70 or 80 lb weight, smooth paper ACID FREE paper. (If you create a successful drawing, Acid Free paper will provide a longer lasting artwork to frame. Do not use typing or photocopy paper.
  1. One (1) each: hb, 2b, 4b, and 6b Faber Castell pencils or similar artist  brand.


The higher the h value, the harder the graphite,
resulting in a lighter, less intense mark.

The higher the b value, the softer the graphite,
resulting in darker, more intense mark.

  1. One (1) kneaded rubber eraser.
  1. A pencil sharpener.prismacolor-kneaded eraser
  1. A pencil pouch or box to protect and control tools. Pencils are known to roll into cracks; fall out a window; slip off a twelfth story porch; blow off the side of a boat… Need I go on?

Come to learn, or come to improve your skills.


Reserve your space!

Contact Jo M. Orise for directions.
cell: 719-440-4449

“Smile in your mirror every day.” JMOrise

Jo M. Orise Art Update – June 2019

Jo’s New Event

Group art opening this week.

WHERE: River Arts Gallery, Route 1, Damariscotta, ME.
On the North side of route 1. Can’t miss it.
WHEN:  Friday, June 7, 2019
TIME:    5-7 p.m.

The opening will have hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and wine.
River Arts Gallery, Damariscotta, ME
Regular Gallery Hours:
Tuesdays – Saturdays 10-4, Sundays 11-3

This is my sixth year with the group. Shouldn’t there be a celbration here for me? 😉

Join us. Have fun. Chat with the artists and art lovers. Look at the artwork. Bring one or more home.

Return to Port by Rockland Light – by: Jo M. Orise

Return to Port by Rockland Light, an oil painting, took several weeks to complete. I love schooners and actually live near Rockland Light, visible from my studio.

It is 12×16″ oil on canvas, framed.

There are mountains beyond from this view. Seagulls roam from Rockland Light to our home, searching for another serving of whatever they can swallow, all the while crying out, “Mine! Mine!”

Or are they saying “Maine?”

If  you are interested in this artwork or any other works from my studio, send me a message at

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“Smile in your mirror every day.” JM Orise

Jo M. Orise Art Update – May – June 2019

Three things…kind of a late update. Sorry folks.

View from Beach – Owls Head Light

We returned from our winter sojourn and my studio needed to be reorganized. Again.

We moved in after finally selling our NH home. That was three years ago? Time does fly. Maybe it was two. No matter, I dreaded cleaning it out.

Emptied a pile of packed boxes marked Jo’s Studio. I should have given them to Good Will or a school teacher.

Yes, the studio is now clear of the clutter. It just so happens the kitchen is just outside my studio doors. Can you guess where my clutter of boxes marked Jo’s Studio are? You got it—in the kitchen.

WHO CARES about my boxes? I do.

Because I am opening my studio for the 2019 Scene About season. Tomorrow!

One scene about is the painting above. Oil, 8×10″ . Go to my website: click on the  Ocean-Water link.

Come by. Say hello. Let me know how you like the bigger and neater studio.
Oh, and you can comment on my artwork too.

Maybe you need one for that empty space on your wall in the bedroom, living room, kitchen and don’t forget the bathroom. How about the new garage…perk it up a bit.

Hours: Friday and Saturday 12:30 – 4 p.m. and Sundays 10 – 4 p.m.
Otherwise it is by appointment or perchance.

Now these hours are not etched in stone…some days I may have to close early or not open for different reasons, like conflicting hours for shows and family matters.

Meanwhile, I’ll keep painting and writing. I’ll keep you posted.

I will be participating in the 17th Annual Festival of Art May 30 – June 2. See poster below.

May 31, 12:30 – 4 p.m., I am hosting an Art 2019 Scene About Opening at my Orise Studio-Gallery here: 312 North Shore Drive, Owls Head, ME.

Come visit, bring a friend. I will have a few refreshments and a guest book sign in. Hope to see you here. I will most likely be nervous…since it is my very first official opening.

Should I invite the governor?

Don’t laugh. I belonged to the Artist Guild of the Kennebunks. Our first art opening in Kennebunkport, Maine included an invitation to the President and the First Lady. Mrs. Barbara Bush arrived with several Secret Service men and her secretary. The First Lady was so gracious. She admired every painting on display. I will never forget that experience.

Leave a comment.  I’ll be happy to hear from you.
Jo M. Orise
“Smile in your mirror every day.” JM Orise

My Muse Drinks Coffee

Promoting yourself with words is a creative process as is art. Your goal: people will find, read and remember you.

Important too: the writer remembers what was written!

A couple visited my studio early this morning. After reviewing some of my work and chatting with the woman, also an artist, about her art work and what she hoped to learn and master, she and her partner then smiled, both acknowledging a quote,

“My muse drinks coffee.” They nodded as if that is truly what was part of my creative process.

“Where did you read that?”

“On your blog.”

“Really. Are you sure?”

They looked a little confused. “Yes.”

“Oh. Perhaps.
I write so many things, I may have forgotten.”

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After the couple left, I went to my art blog and queried: “My muse drinks coffee.”



Shorten the query.


Examine the site more closely.

Ahh! Here it is. Part of a description of Jo M. Orise, the artist, on my blogger’s home page: Painterly Comments.

What about Jo?

My photo

Maine, Florida, United States
Welcome back. Click on the blog link below to see what’s up on Painterly Comments blog. I paint. I write. Love it. Ain’t it great to do what you love? My muse drinks coffee—I will never stop creating.

How would I forget that? That is who I am. And I do drink coffee which obviously now affects my muse more than it affects me.

I sit down to one more cup. Black. As usual. Hopefully, enough to stir up those sleepy, little grey cells.

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Jo M. Orise – Art Update – August 2018 – 2 Awards!

71st Maine Lobster Festival Open Juried Art Show.

Sponsored by Camden National Bank, Rockland, ME

Woo Hoo! August 2, 2018 I was awarded two ribbons for my entries at the art show.


3rd Place ribbon
“Entering Deep Cove on the Maine Coast”  by Jo M. Orise
18×24″ oil on canvas, framed 

Honorable Mention ribbon
“The Grace Bailey Anchored at Curtis Light”  by Jo M. Orise
24×18″ oil on canvas, framed 
I’ve come close, so I have been told, earlier in my art career. So this is great to be recognized for two painting in one show. Thank you jurors. It feels great!
View the paintings at my virtual studio 
visit Orise Studio-Gallery here in Owls Head, Maine.
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Jo M. Orise – Art Update – August – 2018

71st Maine Lobster Festival Open Juried Art Show.

Sponsored by Camden National Bank, Rockland, ME.

Tuesday, July 31 to Friday, August 3, 2018.
Maine Lobster Festival Open Juried Art Show Opens
Friday, August 8, 2018 Winners are contacted.

July 31, I submitted two oil paintings. Keeping my fingers crossed. Have not been rejected yet. :-)

Theme being the lobster festival and the Maine Coast, I decided to submit these two paintings.
I know it is late notice, but as you know I am ‘always busy’ and me keeping up with me is sometimes hard to do.

Oil, 18×24″. “Entering Deep Cove”, Maine Coast.

I just love water and reflection

Oil, 24″. “Grace Bailey Anchored at Curtis Light”

Oh, my photography skills are not great. The original painting looks brilliant and the colors are fantastic. 

See the artwork at my website:

We sailed the Grace Bailey. This was the view I got when we rowed back to the boat after lunch.

If you have time, come to the Lobster Festival, look up Camden National at 300 Main Street, Rockland—located on the corner of Maine and Park Streets. Parking in the back.

See ya.